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'^33  (THE 

TWENTY-SIXTH  ANNUAL  REPORT 


ON    THE    WORK   OF    THE 


FABIAN  SOCIETY 


la^-'^ 


FOR    THE    YEAR    ENDED 


31st      M  ARCH  ,      1909. 


Presented  to  and  adopted  by  the  Annual  Meeting  of  the 
Society  on   14TH  May,  iqoq. 


Also    the    Rules    of   the    Society. 


Published  by 

THK    FABIAN    SOCIETY,    3    CLEMENT'S    INN,    STRAND, 

LONDON,    W.C. 

June,   1909. 


EXECUTIVE      COMMITTEE 
1909—10. 


Miss   MABEL   ATKINSON. 

H.  GRANVILLK   BARKER. 

Dk.  ETHEL   BENTHAM. 

HUBERT   BLAND. 

F.  LAWSON   DODD. 

R.  C.  K.  ENSOR. 

L.  HADEN   GUEST. 

Rev.  STEWART  D.  HEADLAM. 

Miss  B.  L.  HUTCHINS. 

AYLMER  MAUDE. 

Mrs.  H. 


L.  G.  CHIOZZA   MONEY,  M.P. 
Miss  M.  B.  MURBY. 
EDWARD  R.  PEASE. 
Mrs.  PEMBER   REE\'ES. 
W.  STEPHEN  SANDERS. 
CLIFFORD   D.  SHARP. 
G.  BERNARD   SHAW. 
•Mrs.  BERNARD    SHAW. 
GEORGE    STANDRING. 
SIDNEY   WEBB. 
G.  WELLS. 


STANDING     COMMITTEES. 

Finance  and  General  Purposes  Committee. — Aylmer  Maude  (Chairman), 
R.  C.  K.  Ensor  (Vice-Chairman),  Dr.  Ethel  Bentham.  Hubert  Bland, 
L.  H.a.den  Guest,  L.  G.  Chiozza  Money,  Cliffokd  D.  Sharp,  G.  Bernard 
Shaw,  Sidney  Webb. 

Organizing  and  Propaganda  Committee.  Miss  M.  B.  Murby  (Chairman), 
Clifford  D.  Sharp  (Vice-Chairman),  Miss  Mabel  Atkinson,  Dr.  Ethel  Bent- 
ham,  F.  Lawson  Dodd,  R.  C.  K.  Ensor,  Rev.  S.  D.  Headlam,  Mrs.  H.  G.  Wells. 

Publishing  Committee.  —Hubert  Bland  (Chairman),  Mrs.  Bernard  Shaay 
(Vice-Chairman),  H.  GRANVILLE  Barker,  L.  Haden  Guest,  Rev.  S.  D.  Headlam, 
Miss  B.  L.  Hutchixs,  Mrs.  W.  P.  Reeves,  G.  Bernard  Shaw,  G.  Standring. 


//oJ!.  rreasiirer  : 
HUBERT   BLAND. 


//o)/.  Auditor  :  . 
W.  HECTOR   THOMSON. 


Secretary  : 
EDWARD    R.   PEASE. 


Bankers  : 
LONDON  AND  COUNTY   BANK. 


Office  : 
3  CLEMENT'S   INN,  STRAND,  LONDON,  W.C. 


^be   jfabian   Society, 


ESTABLISHED    1883. 


Twenty  SIXTH  Annual  Report  of  the  Execiti\e  Committer 
FOR  the  Year  ending  31ST  March,   1909. 

Adopted   by  the  Annual  Meeting  on  14TH  May,  1909. 


POLITICAL,  like  commercial,  growth  does  not  proceed  with  a 
uniform  steadiness  of  advance  ;  it  has  its  periods  of  activity 
and  depression.  The  success  of  the  Labor  Party  at  the  General. 
Election  in  1906  was  the  main  factor  in  arousing  universal  interest 
in  Socialism,  and  afforded  a  quite  exceptional  opportunity  for  propa- 
ganda ;  but  at  present  popular  attention  appears  to  have  turned  to 
other  topics,  and  the  recruiting  of  Socialist  forces  begins  to  flag. 
We  must  therefore  endeavour  by  educating  our  members,  elaborating 
our  theories  and  consolidating  our  forces,  to  prepare  ourselves  in 
every  possible  way  for  theopportunity  presented  by  the  next  period 
of  advance. 

The  Taunton  Election. 

At  the  date  of  our  last  report  the  response  of  the  members  to 
the  circular  inviting  subscriptions  to  a  guarantee  fund  for  the  purpose 
of  promoting  the  election  of  Fabians  to  Parliament  was  being 
awaited.  The  circular  was  sent  round  twice,  and  in  the  end  the  sum: 
of  ^2,637  was  promised,  payable  in  instalments  over  five  years. 

In  the  middle  of  February  the  Committee  decided  that  the 
pending  bye-election  at  Taunton  offered  a  favorable  opportunity 
for  Fabian  intervention.  It  was  not  pretended  that  there  was  any 
probability  that  the  seat  would  be  won  at  the  first  attempt,  but  the 
only  other  candidate  in  the  field,  the  Hon.  W.  Peel,  was  a  strong 
opponent  even  of  the  moderate  instalments  of  Socialism  which  are 
found  in  the  program  of  the  London  County  Council   Progressives,. 


and  the  constituency  was  in  a  district  where  the  forces  of  Socialism 
and  Labor  had  not  yet  been  proved.  Frank  Smith,  L.C.C.,  was 
willing  to  undertake  the  short  and  sharp  campaign  which  the  circum- 
stances required,  and  he  proved  to  be  an  excellent  candidate  for  the 
place.  It  was  therefore  decided  to  put  him  forward  under  the 
auspices  of  the  Labor  Party,  whose  Executive  entertained  the  pro- 
posal with  cordiality,  sent  their  leading  men  as  speakers,  and  appointed 
their  election  agent  to  take  charge. 

The  contest  evoked  the  greatest  interest  in  the  locality,  and 
brought  home  to  the  people  of  the  district  the  whole  range  of  the 
new  ideas  which  are  beginning  to  dominate  politics.  The  campaign 
was  fought  on  Socialism  from  the  first  day  to  the  last,  and  every  vote 
polled  by  our  candidate  was  given  by  an  elector  who  was  thoroughly 
aware  that  he  was  voting  for  Socialism. 

The  result  was  : 

Hon.  W.  Peel  (C) 1,976 

Frank  Smith  (Lab.)  1,085 


Majority  ...  ...  ...         891 

The  total  cost  of  the  election  was  ^'315  14s.  lod.  The  Labor 
Party  sent  their  regular  contribution  (25  per  cent,  of  the  Returning 
Officer's  fee)  of  ^14  2s.  6d.,  and  ^26  19s.  8d.  was  received  as  sub- 
scriptions sent  otherwise  than  through  the  Fabian  Society.  The 
cost  to  us  was,  therefore,  ^274  12s.  8d.  This  was  met  by  a  call  of 
one  3^ear's  quota  from  the  guarantors  of  the  Parliamentary  Fund. 
This  realized  _;^422  up  to  March  31st,  when  a  balance  of  over  ^140 
was  in  hand,  the  bulk  of  which  has  been  transferred  to  a  deposit 
account  in  the  names  of  the  trustees  of  the  Fund.  Since  the  close 
of  the  financial  year  a  further  amount  has  been  received. 

Frank  Smith  was  subsequently  Labor  candidate  at  the  bye- 
election  at  Croydon,  this  time  on  behalf  of  the  LL.P.  He  polled 
886  votes,  a  heavy  reduction  on  the  Labor  poll  of  1906. 

Meetings  of  the  Society. 

Seventeen  meetings  of  the  Society  have  been  held  during  the 
year,  four  less  than  last  year,  when  there  were  two  special  and  one 
additional  lecture  and  one  members'  meeting  called  by  requisition. 
But  four  of  this  vear's  meetings  were  held  in  St.  James's  Hall,  and 
were,  therefore,  on  an  unusually  large  scale.  Three  of  these 
formed  a  series  of  propaganda  meetings,  specially  designed  to  attract 
audiences  from  the  outside.  In  each  case  the  time  was  occupied  by 
an  address  from  the  chair  and  by  two  other  speakers.  Members 
were  admitted  free  and  tickets  were  sold  to  others.  By  this  method 
the  expenses  of  the  hall  and  of  advertising  were  more  than  covered. 
The  fourth  of  the  St.  James's  Hall  lectures  was  called  on  the  publi- 
cation of  the  Reports  of  the  Royal  Commission  on  the  Poor  Laws 
to  hear  an  address  by  Sidney  Webb  on  "  The  Remedy  for  Un- 
employment." In  this  case  ever}'  seat  was  paid  for.  A  crowded 
audience  listened  to  a  lecture  of  quite  exceptional  importance,  and 
a  substantial  profit  was  realized. 


The  Autumn  lectures  at  Essex  Hall  consisted  of  a  series  of  six, 
giving  an  exposition  of  the  chief  points  in  the  Basis  of  the  Society, 
by  members  of  the  Executive  Committee.  These  meetings  were 
confined  to  persons  connected  with  the  Society,  and  in  most  cases 
were  well  attended. 

With  the  exception  of  Mr.  Theodore  Morison,  who  lectured  on 
India,  and  Mr.  W.  Watson  Rutherford,  M.P.,  who  gave  an  address  on 
Tory  Democracy,  all  the  speakers  and  lecturers  of  the  year  have  been 
members  of  the  vSociety. 

The  following  is  a  complete  list  of  the  meetings  : 

At  Essex  Hall. 
"  The  Collectivism  of  the  Indian  Government 
"  The  Woman  Question  "... 

"The  Faith  I  Hold"  

"  Tory  Democracy  " W.  WaTSON  RUTHERFORD,  M. P. 

"  A  Workable  Scheme  for  Railway  Nationalization  "    ..  A.  Emil  Davies 

Exposition  of  the  F.abian  Basis. 
"The  Fabian   Society  consists  of  Socialists  "    and 

works  for  "  the  spread  of  Socialism  " 
.■\nd   for  "  The  Emancipation  of  Land  from 

Individual  and  Class  Ownership  "     ...    Rev.  STEWART  D.  HeaDLAM 

And  of  "  Industrial  Capital  "  EDWARD  R.  PeaSE 

Together  with  "Industrial  Inventions"    ... 

"Without  Compensation  "  ... 

And  without  "  Interference  with  Personal  Liberty 


April 

lO. 

April 

24. 

May 

8. 

June 

19- 

Feb. 

12. 

Oct. 

9- 

Oct. 

23- 

Nov. 

13- 

Nov. 

27. 

Dec. 

II. 

Dec. 

18. 

Theodore  JNIgrison 

Miss  M.  MuRBV 

Sir  Sydney  Olivier 


Bernard  Shaw 


S.  G.  HOBSON 

Sidney  Webb 
R.  C.  K.  Ensor 


Jan.  22. 
Feb.  26. 
March  19. 


At    St.    James's    Hall. 
(Propaganda  Series.) 

The  Politics  of  Socialism  " 

Sidney  Webb,  R.  C.  K.  Ensok,  Aid.  Wm.  Sanders 
Socialism  and  the  Churches  " 

Rev.  S.  D.  Headlam,  Rev.  R.  J.  Campbell,  Rev.  Conrad  Noel 
Socialism  and  Race  Welfare  " 

Hubert  Bland,  Dr.  Ethel  Bentham,  F.  Lawson  Dodd 


March     5.     "  The  Remedy  for  Unemployment  " 


Bernard  Sha\v,  Sidney  Webb 


Business  Meetings  .vr  Essex  Hall. 

May      22.     Annual  Meeting. 

Jan.         8.     Business   Meeting.     (Amendments    to    the    Rules,    consideration    of   the 
Constitution,  etc.) 

NkW    SOCIKTIKS. 

The  formation  of  Fabian  Societies  outside  London  has  gone  on 
at  about  the  same  pace  as  last  year.  New  societies  have  been  formed 
at   Bristol,   Edinburgh,   Huddersfield,   Ilford,    Leicester,  Manchester 


University,  Marlborough,  Reading,  WalsalP  and  York  ;  the  Leeds 
Society  has  been  revived  ;  the  East  Middlesex  Group  has  become 
the  Palmers  Green  and  District  Fabian  Society  ;  and  a  group  has  been 
established  at  Harrow.  On  the  other  hand,  the  society  in  Canterbury 
has  become  extinct  and  the  Newcastle  Group  is  in  a  state  of  suspension. 
Deducting  these  two,  the  number  of  provincial  societies  and  groups 
at  the  end  of  March  last  was  thirty-nine,  of  which  six  are  in  con- 
nection with  universities.  The  number  last  year  was  twenty-seven, 
of  which  five  were  university  societies. 

London  Local  Groups. 

In  London  new  groups  have  been  started  at  Sidcup  and  South- 
wark.  The  Northern  Heights  has  been  dissolved  and  the  Lyceum 
Club  Group  has  suspended  operations  for  the  present.  The  Kensing- 
ton and  District  Group  organized  a  course  of  Suburban  Lectures  at 
the  Chelsea  Town  Hall,  arranged  a  debate  on  Unemployment  at  the 
Kensington  Town  Hall,  and  held  a  series  of  other  gatherings.  The 
Lewisham  Group  held  a  large  meeting  at  New  Cross  addressed  by 
G.  Bernard  Shaw,  and  a  course  of  Suburban  Lectures  at  Ladywell, 
besides  other  meetings.  The  Clapham  Fabian  Society  ran  a  series 
of  public  meetings.  The  Central  District  Group  held  debates  with 
other  organizations  besides  holding  meetings  at  Prince  Henry's 
Room  and  at  the  Fabian  Offices.  The  Marylebone  and  Paddington 
Group  held  a  Suburban  Course  as  well  as  other  lectures.  The  St. 
Pancras  Group  and  Forest  Gate  Group  also  organized  Suburban 
Courses,  and  arranged  meetings  on  various  subjects.  The  Hamp- 
stead  Group  held  several  garherings,  which  were  addressed  by  the 
Rev.  Perc}-  Dearmer  and  others. 

Subject  Groups. 

The  activities  of  the  Subject  Groups  have  been  fairly  numerous. 
The  Education  Group  has  held  a  series  of  well  attended  meetings  at 
Clifford's  Inn,  at  which  lectures  on  educational  subjects  were  given 
by  Professor  Patrick  Geddes,  Professor  M.  E.  Sadler,  Reginald  Bray, 
L.C.C.,  and  others.  The  Local  Government  Group  has  met  fre- 
quently and  discussed  a  number  of  problems  preparatory  to  the 
drawing  up  of  a  detailed  statement  of  policy  with  regard  to  several 
important  subjects  relating  to  local  government.  It  has  also  begun  a 
thorough  study  of  the  Reports  of  the  Poor  Law  Commission.  The 
Women's  Group  has  increased  in  membership  from  53  twelve  months 
ago  to  210.  The  group  has  held  a  number  of  meetings,  at  which 
the  questions  of  the  relationship  of  women  to  local  government  and 
the  conditions  of  economic  independence  of  women  under  Socialism 
were  considered.  The  group  possesses  a  banner  designed  by  Miss 
May  Morris  and  worked  by  members  of  the  group.  It  was  carried 
in  several  women  suffrage  demonstrations  during  the  year. 

The  Fabian  Nursery  has  grown  considerably  during  the  year. 
It  has  held  periodical  meetings  at  the  Fabian  Offices.  As  a  result  of 
the  lectures  and  discussions  "  the  standard  of  speaking  has  become 
noticeably  higher."     The  Biology  Group  has  continued  its  course  of 


lectures  and  discussions  on   the  various    aspects  of  the    relation  of 
biological  science  to  social  progress. 

Further  particulars  of  the  local  societies  and  groups  will  be  found 
on  pp.  20-23. 

CoXKRRIiNCES    OF    GrOUI'S    AND    LoCAL    SOCIETIES. 

The  annual  conference  of  the  Executive  Committee  with  delegates 
from  the  local  Fabian  societies  and  London  groups  instituted  in 
1907,  was  held  this  year  on  July  nth  at  University  Hall,  Gordon 
Square,  and  was  attended  by  members  of  the  Executive  and  two 
delegates  from  twelve  London  societies  and  groups,  six  subject 
groups,  three  University  societies  and  fourteen  local  societies — 
seventy-three  persons  in  all.  The  Parliamentary  fund,  Fabian 
Parliamentary  candidatures,  and  the  political  policy  of  the  Society 
were  the  chief  matters  discussed.  A  conference  of  members  of  the 
Liverpool,  Burnley,  Sheffield.  Darwen,  Huddersfield,  Leeds  and 
Manchester  Fabian  Societies  was  held  at  Manchester  on  Nov.  21st. 
Wm.  Sanders  was  present  on  behalf  of  the  Executive.  The  number 
of  persons  present  was  eighty-five.  Papers  were  read  on  the 
"  Training  of  Propagandists  ''  and  on  the  "  Work  of  a  Provincial 
Fabian  Society,"  followed  by  discussion.  It  was  decided  to  hold  a 
similar  conference  yearly. 

Suburban  Lectures. 

Twenty  courses  of  four  lectures  each,  under  the  Suburban 
Scheme,  were  given  between  the  beginning  of  October  and  the  end 
of  March  by  Wm.  Sanders,  Harry  Snell,  and,  in  one  instance,  by 
H.  H.  Schloesser,  at  Lewisham,  Chelsea,  Croydon,  St.  Pancras, 
Forest  Gate,  Paddington,  Wallington,  Wood  Green,  Ilford,  Tun- 
bridge  Wells,  Harrow,  Hornsey,  Grays,  Richmond,  Maldon,  South 
Norwood,  Thornton  Heath,  Finchley,  Westminster,  and  Kingston. 
The  number  of  courses  shows  an  increase  of  eight  as  compared  with 
last  year,  and  more  applications  for  them  were  made  than  could  be 
granted.  Nine  of  the  courses  were  organized  by  local  Fabian 
societies  and  groups.  The  total  net  cost  of  the  lectures  amounted 
to  /1 70. 

PRoyiNciAL  Lectures. 

In  order  to  assist  the  development  of  Fabian  societies  in  the 
provinces  and  to  widen  the  area  of  Fabian  propaganda,  courses  of 
lectures  similar  to  those  given  under  the  Suburban  Courses  were 
offered  to  local  Fabian  societies  and  other  Socialist  and  Labor 
organizations.  Holbrook  Jackson,  Clifford  D.  Sharp,  H.  H. 
Schloesser,  and  Wm.  Sanders  gave  thirty-two  courses,  in  nearly  all 
cases  of  four  lectures  each,  at  Letchworth,  Hitchin,  Liverpool  (two 
courses),  Birkenhead,  New  Ferry,  Carnarvon,  Llandudno,  Festiniog, 
St.  Helens,  Bootle,  Halifax,  Manchester,  York,  Sheffield.  Hull,  Drif- 
field, Brighton,  Glasgow,  Perth,  Edinburgh,  Bath,  Yeovil,  Radstock, 
Wakefield,  Coventry,  Walsall,  Leeds,  Marlborough,  Midhurst,  Not- 
tingham, and  Leicester.     Thirteen  of  the  courses  were  held   under 


the  auspices  of  local  Fabian  societies.  The  audiences  varied  from 
about  five  hundred  at  Nottingham  to  about  fifty  at  Midhurst.  The 
net  cost  to  the  Societ}-  of  the  thirty-two  courses  was  X-^^-  ^^ 
addition  to  these  courses,  Wm.  Sanders  gave  ten  lectures  in  Glasgow 
and  suburbs,  Dumfries,  and  Dunfermline,  under  the  auspices  of  the 
Glasgow  Fabian  Society,  which  met  all  the  expenses. 

G.  Bernard  Shaw  took  part  in  the  work  of  provincial  propaganda 
by  addressing  five  big  meetings  at  Liverpool,  York,  Edinburgh, 
Hull,  and  Portsmouth.  The  first  four  were  organized  by  the  local 
Fabian  societies,  and  were  in  every  instance  successful  financially 
and  otherwise. 

Other  Lectures. 

A  considerable  number  of  lectures  have  been  given  to  Inde- 
pendent Labor  Party  branches,  literary  and  debating  societies,  and 
other  bodies,  by  members  of  the  Society  on  the  lecture  list.  Many 
of  these  were  arranged  through  the  Office,  but  societies  are  now 
making  engagements  direct  with  our  members  who  have  become 
known  to  them  as  lecturers.  Among  the  hundred  and  fifty  lectures 
and  addresses  given  by  the  Organizing  Secretary  during  the  past 
year,  three  were  held  under  the  auspices  of  the  German  Social 
Democratic  Party,  on  "The  Socialist  Movement  in  England,"  at 
Nuremberg-Furth,  Bamberg,  and  Hof. 

Fabian  Summer  School. 

This  enterprise  at  Pen-yr-allt,  Llanbedr,  North  Wales,  has  con- 
tinued to  flourish. 

The  Education  Group  organized  a  Conference  there  at  Easter, 
when  over  forty  members  and  others  took  part,  and  lectures  were 
given  on  various  subjects  bearing  on  education  ;  at  Christmas  a  small 
house-party  was  arranged. 

The  Summer  Session  extended  from  25th  July  to  14th  Septem- 
ber, and  so  great  was  the  demand  for  accommodation  that  the  Com- 
mittee had  to  take  two  extra  houses  for  the  season.  Social  Reformers 
from  the  Continent  and  America  visited  the  School,  which  is  becom- 
ing quite  international  in  its  scope. 

Single  lectures  and  courses  were  given  by  many  well-known 
publicists,  and  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Sidney  Webb  communicated  the  ideas 
embodied  later  in  the  Minority  Report  of  the  Poor  Law  Commission. 

The  School  may  now  be  considered  an  established,  if  indirect, 
branch  of  the  Society's  activities. 

Publications. 

Though  the  total  receipts  from  the  sale  of  literature  have  risen 
by  fifty  per  cent.,  the  sales  of  ordinary  Tracts  for  the  year  declined. 
This  is  partly  accounted  for  b}-  the  fact  that  last  year  between  £']o 
and  ^80  was  received  for  the  new  edition  of  Tract  No.  82,  "The 
Workmen's  Compensation  Act,  1906.'' 

Another  factor  is  the  exceptionally  varied  character  of  our 
operations  :    we   have   reprinted    a   blue-book,   issued  an   edition  of 


poems,  republished  a  volume  by  Bernard  Shaw,  brought  out  a  cheap 
edition  of  Fabian  Essays,  published  a  dialogue  on  rates,  prepared  an 
analysis  of  our  Tracts,  and  issued  six  Tracts  in  our  regular  series, 
four  in  English  and  two  in  Welsh. 

The  most  important  of  these  undertakings,  from  every  point  of 
view,  was  the  reprint  of  the  Minority  Report  of  the  Royal  Com- 
mission on  the  Poor  Laws,  which  was  kindly  arranged  for  us  by 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Sidney  Webb,  who  supplied  the  plates  of  their  own 
edition,  and  enabled  "us  to  issue  a  paper  edition  to  our  members  and 
their  friends  in  two  parts  at  2s.  for  the  volume  entitled  "  Break  up 
the  Poor  Law  and 'Abolish  the  Workhouse,"  and  is.  for  "The 
Remedy  for  Unemployment."  We  have  sold  and  paid  for  2,000 
copies  of  each,  and  a  small  balance  of  profit  has  been  realized.  Of 
the  remaining  1,000  some  had  been  sold,  and  final  arrangements 
at  the  close  of  the  year  had  not  been  made. 

The  6d.  reprint  of  Fabian  Essays  was  issued  by  the  Walter  Scott 
Publishing  Company  in  December.  It  included  a  new  preface  by 
Bernard  Shaw,  and  a  cover  designed  by  A.  E.  R.  Gill,  and  of  the 
edition  of  10,000  five-sixths  were  sold  in  four  months.  The  Fifield 
Series  was  continued  by  Vol.  V.,  "  The  Commonsense  of  Municipal 
Trading,"  by  Bernard  Shaw,  which  he  kindly  allowed  us  to  publish 
in  this  series.  Two  other  volumes,  No.  VI.,  "  Socialism  and  National 
Minimum,"  and  No.  VIL,  ''  Wastage  of  Child  Life,"  were  completed 
for  the  press  during  the  year,  but  were  not  published  till  after  its 
close.  A  new  undertaking  for  us  was  the  issue  through  Mr.  Fifield 
of  a  collection  of  poems  by  E.  Nesbit  (Mrs.  Hubert  Bland)  entitled 
"  Ballads  and  Lyrics  of  Socialism,"  which  she  was  good  enough  to 
place  at  our  disposal.  They  form  an  attractive  book,  either  in  the 
paper  edition  at  6d.  or  in  boards  at  is.,  and  already  enough  have 
been  sold  to  justify  the  experiment. 

Six  new  penny  Tracts  have  been  issued  during  the  year,  one 
more  than  last  year,  when  five  Tracts  and  one  Leaflet  were  published. 
The  Tracts  are  : 


No.  138 
No.  139 
No.  140 
No.  141 
No.  142 
No.  143 


Municipal  Trading." 


Socialism  and  the  Churches."     By  the  Rev.  JOHN  Cl.IFFORI). 

■  Child  Labor  under  Capitalism."     By  Mrs.  Hylton  Dale. 
'  Socialism  and  the  Churches."     In  Welsh. 

■  Rent  and  Value." 

■  Sosialaeth  Yng  Ngoleuni'r  Beibl." 

It  Will  be  noted  that  two  of  these,  both  dealing  with  Christian 
Socialism,  are  in  Welsh,  and  we  anticipate  for  them  a  quiet  and 
steady  sale  for  some  time  to  come. 

Much  time  was  spent  in  the  preparation  and  issue  of  a  "Tract 
Index  and  Catalogue  Raisonne,"  an  abstract  of  all  the  Tracts  in  print, 
from  No.  i  to  No.  139,  with  an  index  of  their  contents  and  a  list  of 
the  titles  of  all  numbered  Tracts  issued.     This  is  on  sale  for  3d. 

In  the  format  of  "  This  Misery  of  Boots,"  we  have  .  published 
another  special  Tract,  a  dialogue  by  F.  W.  Hayes,  entitled  "  Those 
Wretched  Rates!" 


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The  number  of  Tracts  and  Leaflets,  apart  from  the  reprints  in 
the  Fabian  Socialist  Series,  sold  and  distributed  during  recent  years 
is  as  follows  : 

Year  ending  March  1909 

Tracts         ...         89,229 
Leaflets      ...         31,760 


1908  1907  1906 

149,594         82,508         56,029 
102,160         63,360         22,060 


1905 
20,528 
29,010 


Totals 


120,989 

Receipts     ...  260 

Cost  of  Printing        269 


251,754  145,868         78,089  49,538 

£  £              £             £  £ 

476  244           140           76  89    - 

518  329           214           87  162 

Our  list  of  Tracts  in  the  regular  series  now  stands  as  follows  : 

6d.         2d.  id.      Questions     Leaflets      Total 

Tracts  of  previous  years     1  1  53  3  16  74 

„  1908-9  ...0060  o  6 

I  I  5q  3  16  80 

Table  ok  Tracts  Printed  and  Issued  during  Year  1908-190Q. 


Price. 

00 
0 

0  -^ 

Printed 
during  year. 

5 
0 

0^ 
0 

0  c 

H 

CO 

Cost  of 

Printing, 

Binding,  etc., 

during  year. 

CO 

Estimd.  Sale 
Value  of  pre- 
sent stock. 

IS. 

503 

nil 

503 

470 

33 

£ 

nil 

£ 

I 

£ 
3 

6d. 

817 

nil 

817 

225 

592 

nil 

6 

I 

3d. 

2,208 

nil 

2,208 

973 

1,235 

nil 

10 

6     i 

I 

2d. 

2,041 

nil 

2,041 

1,169 

872 

nil 

4 

1 
6 

Id. 

141,647 

108,144 

249,791 

163,304 

86,497 

260 

231 

176     1 

Leaflets. 

53,340 

■ 

24,450 

77,790 

46,030 

31,760 

9 

9 

8     I 

Totals 

200,556 

132,594 

333,150 

212,171 

i2o,g8g 

£269 

£261 

£200 

1907-8 

178,320 

273,990 

452,310 

200,556 

251,754 

/518 

A76 

/210 

II 

We  have  to  thank  H.  M.  Hart,  who  has  once  more  taken  regular 
charge  of  one  of  our  Hterature  stalls,  and  also  Miss  Tiffen,  who 
has  frequently  helped  in  this  work.  A  large  number  of  members 
have  given  valued  assistance  as  literature  sellers  and  stewards  at  our 
St.  James's  Hall  meetings.  Charles  E.  Ball  has  again  given  a  great 
amount  of  time  to  assisting  in  the  office  work,  and  it  is  hoped  that 
other  members  will  follow  his  example  in  this  respect.  Now  that  we 
have  more  available  space,  much  routine  work  could  be  conveniently 
done  by  volunteers,  which  otherwise  has  to  be  paid  for. 

Book  Boxes. 

The  expansion  in  the  use  of  our  political  circulating  library  has 
not  continued  to  the  extent  we  anticipated  a  year  ago.  In  the 
Spring  an  appeal  was  made  to  members  and  friends  for  subscriptions 
for  the  purchase  of  new  boxes  and  books,  and  about  twenty  new 
boxes,  with  their  equipment  of  books,  have  been  procured.  In 
addition  a  large  number  of  new  books  has  been  purchased  to 
replace  those  which  are  out  of  date.  In  all  about  £^4S  ^^s  been 
spent  on  books  for  boxes  and  for  the  Members'  Bookshelf,  and  a 
balance  of  ^34  has  been  carried  forward. 

We  do  not  anticipate  that  there  will  be  any  difficulty  in  finding 
plenty  of  subscribers  for  our  boxes,  though  during  the  latter  part  of 
the  year  under  review  the  number  of  unused  boxes  has  been  greater 
than  for  a  long  time  past.  A  small  expenditure  of  time  will  suffice 
to  send  notices  to  trade  union  branches,  trade  councils,  and  other 
bodies,  many  of  which  will  certainly  apply  for  boxes.  But  owing  to 
special  circumstances,  the  removal  of  the  Office,  and  the  sale  of  the 
Minority  Report,  we  have  not  been  able  to  undertake  any  work  not 
absolutely  indispensable. 

The  library  now  consists  of  about  220  boxes  and  over  6,000 
volumes. 

The  following  is  a  classification  of  the  subscribers  for  this  and 
previous  years  : 


Year  ending 

igoq 

1908 

IQ07 

1906 

1905 

]q04 

I.  L.  P.  Branches     

45 

70 

33 

31 

15 

18 

Local  Fabian  Societies*     ... 

II 

12 

Other  Socialist  Bodies 

33 

34 

30 

13 

H 

12 

Co-operative  Societies 

24 

35 

23 

36 

41 

40 

Trade  Unions 

15 

21 

24 

21 

19 

18 

Trades  Councils 

2 

9 

II 

8 

19 

23 

Ruskin  College  Classes 

4 

4 

II 

II 

7 

8 

Miscellaneous           

27 

18 

23 

38 

37 

25 

161       203       155       158       15.2       144 

*  These  were  included  in  other  Socialist  Societies  previous  to  1908. 


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The  Members'  Bookshelf. 

Advantage  was  taken  of  the  substantial  fund  contributed  for 
book  boxes  to  carry  out  a  long  desired  plan  of  providing  a  lending 
library  for  the  members  and  associates  of  the  Society.  It  was 
decided  to  obtain  a  larger  number  of  books  than  were  at  once 
needed  for  book  boxes,  and  to  keep  in  the  Office  for  the  use  of 
members  a  selection  of  works,  both  new  and  old,  to  be  lent  to 
individuals  as  required.  Simple  rules  were  prepared,  providing  that 
borrowers  should  repay  any  cost  of  carriage  incurred,  and  that  books 
be  taken  out  one  at  a  time  and  returned  within  a  month.  This 
plan  has  been  much  valued  by  the  members.  Since  the  issue  of  the 
Select  Catalogue  in  August,  when  the  scheme  may  be  said  to  have 
begun  full  working,  an  average  of  88  books  have  been  borrowed 
every  month,  and  in  all  800  volumes  have  been  taken  out.  The 
new  Offices  will  enable  a  larger  library  to  be  available  for  use  in  this 
manner. 

Statistics  of  Membership, 

The  following  table  indicates  the  changes  in  membership  during 
the  year : — 

T       J  n        ^  Provincial     University       .,         ,  T/^toi 

London.      Country.      .--•.•  c     •  ^-  Abroad.  I  otaL 

■'        Societies.       Societies. 

Men    ...   753    239     350     269     63     1675 

Women  ...   524    104      64      70     26      788 


Total 

..  1277 

343 

MA 

339 

89 

2462 

1908 

...  1085 

317 

329 

205 

79 

2015 

Increase...   192     26     85     134     10      447 

The  Croydon  Society,  with  55  members,  has  been  transferred  this  year  from 
"Provincial  .Societies"  to  "London,"  i.e.,  members  within  reach  of  London  for  the 
purposes  of  evening  meetings. 

Increase  in  men  members...  18  per  cent.  ;  last  year  52  per  cent. 
Increase  in  women  members  35  per  cent.  ;  last  year  78  per  cent. 

During  the  year,  665  candidates  were  elected,  a  number  midway 
between  the  817  of  last  year  and  the  455  of  the  previous  period. 
Just  before  the  year  closed,  112  members  were  struck  off  for  persist- 
ent non-payment  of  subscriptions  ;  the  loss  by  resignation,  chiefly  of 
those  who  had  only  retained  their  membership  for  a  year,  and  by 
death,  was  about  106.  It  may  be  observed  that  there  is  a  fairly 
constant  interchange  between  the  categories  of  connection  with  the 
Society,  associates  and  subscribers  becoming  members,  and  vice  versa. 

The  number  of  associates  is  214,  an  increase  of  51  during  the 
year. 

The  number  of  members  of  Provincial  Societies  who  are  not 
members  of  the  London  Society  is  about  500. 


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Minor  Matters. 

New  Offices. — Towards  the  end  of  the  year  an  opportunity 
presented  itself  for  obtaining  larger  Offices,  the  need  for  which  had 
long  been  felt,  at  a  reasonable  rent  and  in  the  same  building  as  the 
old  ones.  The  change,  which  was  effected  at  the  end  of  February, 
involves  a  certain  increase  of  standing  expenses  and  a  substantial 
outlay  for  new  furniture,  only  a  part  of  which  had  been  incurred  at 
the  close  of  the  financial  year.  But  the  new  board  room,  which  will 
hold  fifty  or  sixty  people,"  will  be  suitable  for  many  Group  meetings 
and  other  gatherings  which  have  hitherto  been  held  in  rooms  hired 
for  the  occasion. 

"Parish  Councils  and  Village  Life."  ThisTract,printed  just  before 
the  close  of  the  previous  year,  was  sent  with  a  covering  letter  to  10,000 
chairmen  of  parish  councils  and  meetings  and  of  rural  district  councils. 
A  number  of  appreciative  letters  were  received,  and  no  doubt  the 
information  was  of  value  to  many  who  did  not  trouble  to  send 
acknowledgments  of  it 

"  New  Worlds  for  Old."  By  the  generosity  of  a  member  resident 
in  Burmah,  we  were  enabled  "to  send  copies  of  Mr.  Wells's  most 
attractive  exposition  of  Socialism  to  100  libraries,  mostly  of  a  semi- 
public  character,  which  gave  evidence  that  they  would  appreciate 
the  gift,  and  had  not  sufficient  funds  to  buy  freely  whatever  they 
required. 

The  Year's  Finance. 

The  total  sum  contributed  by  our  members  and  friends  for  the 
purposes  of  the  Society  during  the  year  was  ^^f  1,920  ;  and  in  this  total 
/I5q  given  for  Book  Boxes  is  not  included,  nor  is  the  sum  of  /75 
provided  for  an  experiment  in  school  meals  conducted  by  Dr.  Haden 
Guest,  nor  /337  lent  through  the  Society  to  the  Bail  Fund  for  the 
old  Russian  Revolutionist,  Nicholas  Tchaykovsky,  nor  /20  for  gifts 
of  "  New  Worlds  for  Old." 

Except  in  "special  subscriptions"— a  particularly  variable  class, 
which  showed  a  rise  of  /220  last  year,  and  has  fallen  again  by  nearly 
the  same  amount— these  contributions  are  not  unsatisfactory,  since 
last  year  many  members  gave  more  than  the  average  in  response  to 
the  special  appeal  sent  out  in  the  summer  of  1907. 

The  receipts  and  expenditure  connected  with  the  ordinary  Tracts 
show  a  heavy  decline,  partly  to  be  accounted  for  by  the  large  editions 
of  "The  Workmen's  Compensation  Act"  sold  last  year,  and  partly 
by  the  unusual  number  of  other  publications  which  we  have  issued. 
Last  year  we  expended  net  about  /154  in  payments  to  Mr.  FifieM 
for  our  Fabian  Socialist  Series,  published  by  him  on  our  behalf;  this 
year  he  has  repaid  us  ^^280,  and  our  own  sales  (including,  however, 
the  sixpenny  edition  of  "Fabian  Essays")  are  estimated  to  be  about 
/45,  whilst  we  have  paid  him,  on  account  of  new  publications, 
binding,  etc.,  the  sum  of  /135.  The  result  of  these  transactions  is 
a  substantial  profit  for  the  year. 

The  net  loss  on  printing  Tracts  was  only  /g,  the  smallest  for 
many  years.     It  must  be  recollected  that  some  15,000  Tracts  have 


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been  sent  out  to  members  and  others  with  Fabian  News^  the  cost  of 
which  is  borne  by  this  account. 

Our  meetings  at  St.  James's  Hall  showed  a  profit  of  _^47  ;  but 
the  annual  Soiree  at  Portman  Rooms  resulted  in  a  small  deficit. 

On  lecturing  in  the  suburbs  and  provinces,  and  on  organizing,  we 
have  expended  out  of  income  the  large  sum  of  ^373,  an  increase  of 
^246  over  last  year. 

In  the  coming  year  our  standing  charges  for  the  larger  offices 
and  larger  meeting  hall  will  be  heavier  than  before,  and  members 
must  be  prepared  to  increase  their  subscriptions  whenever  possible, 
if  they  desire  the  work  of  the  Society  to  be  maintained  at  its  present 
standard  of  efficiency. 

The  Executive  Committee. 

At  the  election  in  April,  iqo8,  seventeen  out  of  the  nineteen  old 
members  who  offered  themselves  were  re-elected,  together  with  four 
new  candidates.  During  their  year  of  office  iMessrs.  H.  G.  Wells  and 
S.  G.  Hobson  resigned  because  they  were  no  longer  in  agreement 
with  the  policy  of  the  Society,  and  the  Rev.  R.  J.  Campbell  through 
inability  to  attend  the  meetings.  Owing  to  the  date  of  Mr.  Hobson's 
resignation  a  bye-election  to  fill  these  vacancies  was  not  required. 
This  report  is,  therefore,  submitted  by  the  remaining  eighteen 
members. 


H.  GRANVILLE  BARKER. 

HUBERT  BLAND. 

F.  LAWSON  DODD. 

R.  C.  K.  ENSOR. 

L.  HADEN  GUEST. 

STEWART  D.  HEADLAM. 

B.  L.  HUTCHINS. 

AYLMER  MAUDE. 

L.  G.  CHIOZZA  MONEY. 


MILLICENT   B.  MURBY. 
EDWARD  R.  PEASE 
MAUD  REEVES. 
W.  S.  SANDERS. 
G.  BERNARD  SHAW. 
CHARLOTTE  F.  SH.MV. 
ETHEL  SNOWDEN. 
SIDNEY  WEBB. 
CATHERINE  WELLS. 

Executive  Commiiiee,  iqoS-q. 


15 
RULES. 

Definitions. 

1. — The  words  "  due  notice "  shall  mean  that  the  notice  is  received  by  the 
General  Secretary  before  the  23rd  day  of  any  month  for  publication  in  the  next  issue 
of  Fabian  News,  or  as  provided  in  Rule  8,  Clause  2. 

2. — A  public  meeting  shall  mean  a  meeting  to  which  non-members  are  admitted. 
A  private  meeting  shall  mean  a  meeting  confined  to  members  of  the  Society. 

The  Executive  Committee. 

3. — Before  the  Annual  Meeting  to  be  held  in  May,  the  Society  shall  elect  by 
ballot  a  Treasurer  and  an  Executive  Committee  of  twenty-one  members  to  hold  office 
for  one  year.  Due  notice  shall  be  given  of  all  nominations  for  these  offices.  Voting 
papers  shall  be  sent  to  all  members,  together  with  the  April  number  of  the  News, 
and  the}'  shall  be  returned  to  the  General  Office  on  or  before  April  20th. 
Scrutineers  shall  be  appointed  by  the  Society,  whose  dut}'  it  shall  be  to  open  the 
ballot-box,  to  count  the  votes,  and  to  certify  to  the  General  Secretary  before  April  23rd, 
for  publication  in  the  Xews,  the  number  of  votes  polled.  The  new  Executive  shall 
come  into  office  on  April  25th.  In  case  of  Easter  occurring  about  the  dates  named, 
the  Executive  may  alter  them,  giving  due  notice  thereof ;  but  no  alteration  shall  ex- 
ceed seven  days.  In  case  of  a  tie,  the  candidate  who  has  been  longest  a  member  of 
the  Society  shall  be  elected.  Any  vacancies  which  occur  during  the  year  shall  be 
filled  by  election  after  due  notice,  but  only  in  the  event  of  the  number  of  the  Com- 
mittee falling  below  nineteen.  Five  members  shall  be  a  quorum.  Any  member  absent 
from  four  consecutive  meetings  of  the  Committee  or  its  standing  Sub-Committees 
without  obtaining  leave  of  absence,  shall  be  deemed  to  have  vacated  his  seat  on  the 
Committee  or  the  Sub-Committee. 

4. — The  Executive  Committee  shall  conduct  the  general  business  of  the  Society, 
appoint  the  paid  officers,  prepare  and  publish  tracts,  subject  to  Rule  9,  and  appoint 
all  delegates  to  represent  the  Society.  It  shall  constitute  three  standing  sub-com- 
mittees to  deal  with  (i)  Propaganda  ;  (2)  Publishing  ;  and  (3)  Finance  and  General 
Purposes. 

Committees. 

5. — Committees  for  special  purposes  shall  be  appointed  by  the  Executive  Com- 
mittee, but  notice  of  such  committees  (exclusive  of  those  dealing  with  purely  Execu- 
tive business)  shall  be  published  beforehand  in  the  Fabian  News,  or  at  private 
meetings,  in  order  that  any  member  desirous  to  serve  on  such  committees  may  have 
the  opportunity  of  sending  in  his  or  her  name  for  consideration  by  the  Executive. 

Order  of  Business. 

6. — Resolutions  of  which  due  notice  has  been  given  shall  be  placed  on  the 
agenda  of  the  first  private  meeting  of  the  Society  after  such  notice  has  been  pub- 
lished. Resolutions  shall  not  be  moved  without  due  notice,  except  after  a  vole  of 
urgency  has  been  carried.  Business  may  be  taken  at  a  public  meeting,  but  only  with 
the  consent  of  the  chairman  previously  obtained. 

7. — Any  resolution,  not  affecting  the  constitution  of  the  Society,  its  Rules  or  its 
Basis,  maj'  be  declared  urgent  by  a  majority  of  three-fourths  of  the  members  present 
in  a  private  meeting  of  not  less  than  twenty-five  members,  and,  if  so  declared,  shall 
be  discussed  and  voted  upon  forthwith. 

8. — When  a  requisition  signed  by  not  less  than  twenty-five  members  is  presented 
to  the  General  Secretary,  calling  for  a  private  meeting  to  discuss  any  resolution,  the 
Executive  Committee  shall  order  the  resolution  to  be  printed  in  FabiaN  News,  and 
shall  appoint  for  the  meeting  the  earliest  convenient  date  thereafter. 

When  a  requisition  of  urgency,  signed  by  not  less  than  fifty  members,  is  pre- 
sented to  the  General  Secretary,  calling  for  a  private  meeting  to  discuss  a  specific 
notice  of  motion,  he  shall  summon  such  meeting  for  a  date  within  fourteen  days  from 
the  receipt  thereof,  and  shall  within  seven  days  notify  the  same  to  all  members,  by 
circular  or  otherwise. 


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Tracts. 

9. — Except  in  cases  of  emergency,  notice  shall  be  given  by  the  Executive  Com- 
mittee, either  in  F'abiaN  News  or  by  special  circular,  of  any  tracts  proposed  to  be 
issued  in  the  name  of  the  Society,  and  ever}'  such  tract  shall  be  submitted  to  the 
members  at  a  private  meeting,  and  shall  only  be  published  when  adopted  by  that 
meeting. 

In  case  of  emergency  a  tract  may  be  adopted  at  any  private  meeting  upon  a  vote 
of  urgency. 

Tracts  bearing  the  name  of  the  author  may  be  issued  by  the  Executive  Committee 
on  behalf  of  the  Society. 

.Membership. 

10. — Every  candidate  must  sign  a  declaration  that  he  accepts  the  Basis  of  the 
Society,  and  must  make  a  contribution  to  the  funds  before  election,  the  amount  to  be 
returned  if  he  is  not  elected. 

The  names  of  all  candidates  shall  be  printed  in  Fabian  News,  and  candidates 
shall  afterwards  be  submitted  for  election,  which  shall  be  by  a  majority  vote  of  the 
Executive  Committee. 

11.— Members  who  do  not  take  part  in  the  work  of  the  Society  and  subscribe  to 
its  funds  during  one  year  may  be  removed  from  the  list  of  members  at  the  discretion 
of  the  Executive  Committee. 

12. — A  member  may  be  expelled  from  the  Society  by  a  vote  of  more  than  three- 
fourths  of  the  members  present  at  a  meeting  of  not  less  than  fifty  members.  Due 
notice  of  the  motion  shall  be  given  to  the  General  Secretary ;  but  such  notice  shall 
not  be  vaUd  and  shall  not  be  printed  in  Fabian  News  without  the  sanction  of  the 
Executive  Committee. 

Subscription. 

13. — Members  are  expected  to  subscribe  annually  to  the  funds  of  the  Society  in 
accordance  with  their  means. 

Associates. 

14. — Any  person  may  become  an  Associate  by  signing  a  statement  that  he  is  m 
general  sympathy  with  and  desirous  of  promoting  the  work  of  the  Society. 

Associates  must  pay  an  annual  subscription  of  at  least  los.,  and  are  entitled  to 
attend  all  the  meetings  not  expressly  confined  to  members,  and  to  receive  all  the 
ordinary  publications.  But  they  are  not  entitled  to  vote  at  meetings  of  the  Society  or 
to  take  any  other  part  in  the  management  of  its  affairs. 

Groups, 

15. — The  members  resident  in  or  near  London  shall,  for  the  purpose  of  local 
work,  be  divided  by  the  Executive  Committee  into  Groups  according  to  the  localities 
in  which  they  reside.  Each  Group  shall  elect  a  Secretary,  who  shall  keep  a  list  of 
the  Group  members,  and  shall  organize  the  work  of  the  Group. 

The  Group  Secretary  will  be  removable  by  a  vote  of  the  Group,  at  a  meeting 
attended  by  not  less  than  one-third  of  the  Group  members,  or  by  a  vote  of  the 
Society  after  due  notice  has  been  given. 

A  meeting  of  any  Group  may  be  summoned  either  by  the  Group  Secretary  or  by 
the  General  Secretary  by  order  of  the  Executive  Committee. 

A  Group  may  appoint  delegates  to  any  body  dealing  specially  with  the  affairs  of 
the  Group  area. 

Groups  for  particular  subjects  may  be  formed  in  accordance  with  such  regulations 
as  the  Executive  Committee  may  from  time  to  time  determine. 

Annual  Report. 
16.— The  Annual  Report  and  Balance  Sheet,  made  up  to  March  31st,  shall  be 
sent  to  members  at  least  seven  days  before  the  Annual  Meeting. 

Alteration  of  Rules  and  Basis. 

17. No  alteration  of,  or  addition  to,  the  Rules  shall  be  made  without  due  notice ; 

or  at  any  meeting  other  than  the  .Annual  Meeting,  except  by  a  vote  of  more  than 
three-fourths  of  the  members  present  at  a  meeting  of  not  less  than  fifty  members. 


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No  alteration  of,  or  addition  to,  the  Basis  shall  be  made  until  it  has  been 
adopted,  after  due  notice  given,  by  a  vote  of  more  than  three-fourths  of  the  members 
present  at  an  Annual  Meeting,  and  confirmed  by  a  similar  vote  at  a  Special  Private 
Meeting  held  after  an  interval  of  not  less  than  six  months. 

Referendum. 

IS. — The  Executive  Committee  may  at  any  time  refer  any  question  to  the 
decision  of  the  whole  Society,  the  voting  to  be  by  letter. 

Any  mover  of  a  resolution  which,  at  a  meeting  of  the  Society,  has  been  supported 
by  not  less  than  one  hundred  members  may  claim  a  poll  of  the  whole  Society,  the 
voting  to  be  by  letter.  If  an  amendment  is  carried,  and  the  original  resolution  is 
therefore  not  put,  the  mover  thereof  shall  have  the  right  to  demand  before  the  next 
business  that  the  chairman  take  a  count  of  the  members  who  support  the  resolution, 
and  if  this  number  is  not  less  than  one  hundred,  the  mover  may  claim  a  referendum 
as  aforesaid. 

BY-LAWS     FOR     LOCAL    FABIAN     SOCIETY    AND 
FABIAN     GROUP    ORGANIZATION. 


I. — The  County  of  London. 

1.  Any  ten  or  more  members  may,  with  the  approval  of  the  Executive  Committee, 
form  themselves  into  a  local  group. 

2.  Every  such  group  shall  consist  of  members  of  the  Society  in  its  area,  and  such 
other  Fabians  as  it  may  elect  ;  it  may  elect  its  own  associates,  provided  that  associate- 
ship  of  a  group  shall  not,  as  such,  confer  the  privileges  of  associateship  of  the  Society. 

3.  Every  local  group  shall  elect  a  secretary,  who  shall  be  the  medium  of  com- 
munication between  the  group  and  the  Executive  Committee. 

4.  Every  local  secretary  shall  forward  a  report  to  the  Executive  Committee  at 
least  once  a  quarter. 

5.  Every  such  group  shall  be  bound  by  all  resolutions  of  the  parent  Society. 

6.  The  Executive  Committee,  co-operating  with  existing  local  groups,  shall 
constantly  work  for  the  establishment  of  local  groups  in  districts  where  such  do  not 
exist. 

II. — Special  Subject  Groups. 

The  regulations  for  Special  Subject  Groups  shall  be  the  same  as  those  for  local 
groups  in  so  far  as  applicable,  except  that 

Special  Subject  Groups   shall  elect  their  own   members  from   amongst   the 
members  of  the  Society. 

III.— The  Provinces. 

A .  Local  Fabian  Societies. 

1.  Local  Fabian  Societies  sTrall  adopt  the  Fabian  Basis,  or  some  Basis  which  has 
been  sanctioned  by  the  Executive  Committee  of  the  parent  Society,  and  all  their 
members  shall  sign  the  said  Basis. 

2.  Subject  to  the  above,  local  Fabian  Societies  shall  enjoy  complete  autonoiiiy  as 
to  the  election  of  their  officers,  members  and  associates,  the  conduct  of  their  business, 
and  the  disposal  of  their  funds,  and  shall  not  be  bound  by  any  resolution  of  the  parent 
Society. 

3.  The  reports  of  the  local  Societies  shall  be  inserted  in  Fabian  New  s,  subject 
to  the  exigencies  of  space  and  the  general  control  of  the  editor. 

4.  Conferences  between  representatives  of  the  parent  Society  and  the  local  Fabian 
Societies  shall  be  held,  if  possible  at  regular  intervals. 

B.  Local  Groups. 

1.  Where  no  local  Fabian  Society  exists,  the  Executive  Committee,  co-operating 
as  far  as  possible  with  Fabian  Societies  elsewhere,  shall  endeavor  to  establish  Fabian 
local  groups,  and  such  groups  may  be  formed  in  any  locality  on  the  initiative  of  any 
local  Fabians. 

2.  Such  groups  shall  be  constituted  of  any  five  or  more  Fabians,  and  shall  have  a 
status  similar  to  that  of  local  groups  within  the  London  area. 


i8 

2)r.  Hb6tract  of  Bccount6  for  l^ear 

1908. 

£       s.     d.         £       s.     a.  £     s.     d. 

To   Balance  ut  Credit   of  Society,   31st 

-March,   1908        ...  ...  ..  77   14     gi 

„     Receipts  diking  Yeak,  viz.  :— 

Subscriptions  from  Members  ...     1,169     ^     °  I1O84     7     6 

Do.  Special  ...        120     o     o  1  320     o     o 

Do.  from  Associates  ...        130   19     7  !  123   11     o 

Do.  from  Non- Members  and 

Sundry  Receipts 76     8     6  '  80     7     7 

Do.  lor  Parliamentary  Fund       422   15     o 


1,919   II      I 

Sale  of  Es-ays  (old  edition  on!}')     ... 

Do.     Tracts  and  N'^olumes  (volumes 

being  estimated  at  ;^45)... 

Do.     \'olumes  by  Fifield   ... 

Do.     Minority  Report  (Fabian  ed.) 

832     9 
.Advertisements  ...  ...  ...  23    16 

Royalties  ...  ..  ...  ..  20     o 

Sale  of  Books. /<?5i^  Purchases  ...  3    12 

Book  Box  Fees  ...  .  .  ...  S4     o 

Book  Boxes  and  Library:  — 

Donations  ...  ...  ...        159     i     o 

Books    sold,    or    lost    and    paid 

for,  etc.         ...  ...  ..  20     6     4^ 


Donation    for   Distribution   of  "New 

Worlds  for  Old" 
Suburban   and   Provincial    Lectures: 

Grant 
St.  James's  Hall  Meetings  :  — 

Ticket  sale? 
Soiree  : — 

Tickets  sold 


179     7     \\ 


45 

9 

4 

500 

II 

1\ 

20 

18 

3 

87 

15 
6 
8 

10 

0 

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13 

6 

100 

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0    0 
0     I 

14  16     li 
Local  Contribtitions 
186     4     6 

40 

10    0 

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1500 
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By   Expenditure  during  Year,  viz.:  — 
Hire  of  Halls  for  Lectures,  less  refunds 
Fabian  Essays  Purchased 
Printing  and  Ad\ertising  Tracts 
Payments  to  A.  C.  Fi field     ... 
Minority  Report,  on  account  ol  Cost 

Printing  F.abian  News        

General  Printing 

Grants  to  Groups  for  special  purposes 

Grants  to  other  bodies  :  — 

Labor  Party  Dues,  etc. 

International  Socialist  Bureau  Dues 

Sundries 

Office  Expenses,  \  iz.  : — 
Salaries 

Overtime,  Typing,  etc. 
Furniture  for  New  Office  and  Re- 
moval Expenses  ... 
Rent,  Cleaning,  Ccals,  etc. 
Postage  and  Parcels 
Teleptione  Subscription 
Printer  :  Despatching  News 
Stationer}- and  .Miscellaneous 

Book  Boxes  and  Library  :  — 
Books  and  Boxes  Purchased 
Balance  Unexpended 

"New  Worlds  for  Old  "  Purchased  for 

Distribution  and  Postage... 
Suburban  Lectures,  /ess  local  receipts 
Provincial  Lectures    ... 
Organizer's  Travelling  Expenses 

St.  James's  Hall  Meetings:   Expenses 
Soiree  Expenses 
Election  Fund  : — 

Net  Cost  of  Taunton  Bj-e-election 

Deposited  at  Bank... 

In  hand 

BaL.ANCE  at  Credit  of  Society,  31st 
March,  1909  : — 
Bank  Balance 

Sundry  Debtors  and  Stock  of  Books 
Purchased 


Less  Sundry  Creditors 


I  have  e.xamined  the  above  account  and  com])ared  it  with  the  Books  and  Vouchers  of 
the  Society,  and  find  the  same  to  be  correct. 

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LOCAL    FABIAN     SOCIETIES. 

Bkdales. — At  Bedales  School.  Meets  once  every  three  weeks 
in  winter  for  lectures  and  discussions.  Members  seven,  associates 
ID.     Secretary,  M.  S.  Pease,  Bedales,  Petersfield. 

Brighton. — Has  two  members  of  Brighton  Town  Council  on  its 
roll.  Held  lectures  and  public  meetings,  made  enquiries  into  con- 
ditions of  local  employment  and  Poor  Law  administration,  circulated 
pamphlets,  etc.  Members  28.  Secretary,  H.  Milner  Black,  16  New 
Steyne,  Brighton. 

Bristol    and    District. — Formed     October,  1908.      Has    two 

members  of  the  Bristol  Town  Council  on  its  roll.  Meets  fortnightly. 

Members  44,   associates    four.     Secretary,   J.    W.  Barry,    21    Beech 
Road,  Horfield,  Bristol. 

BucKHURST  Hill  and  Woodford. — Held  public  meetings,  and 
correspondence  carried  on  in  local  press.  Members  24,  associate 
one.  vSecretary,  G.  H.  Ellis,  2  Limetree  Villas,  Princes  Road,  Buck- 
hurst  Hill. 

Burnley. — Carried  on  a  vigorous  newspaper  correspondence. 
Working  on  behalf  of  the  proposals  of  the  Minority  Report  of  the 
Poor  Law  Commission.  Members  21.  Secretary,  Robert  Chambers, 
147  Brunshaw  Road,  Burnley. 

Bute. — Secretary,  Thomas  Smythe  Paterson,  Mount  Park  Studio. 
Port  Bannatyne. 

Cardiff. — Secretary,  A.  E.  Shippobotham,  ^^  Oueen  Street, 
Cardiff. 

Carnarvon. — Secretary,  I.  R.  Jones,  Idan  House,  Constantine 
Road,  Carnarvon. 

Chelmsford. — Members  include  a  rural  district  councillor  and 
poor  law  guardian.  Holds  periodical  meetings.  Members  13. 
Secretary,  W.  G.  Smith,  Galley  Hall,  Galleywood,  Chelmsford. 

Coventry. — Secretary,  Rev.  P.  E.  T.  Widdrington,  St.  Peter's 
Vicarage,  Coventry. 

Croydon. — Organized  two  courses  of  lectures.  Published  Tract  on 
School  Feeding.  Discussion  meetings  held.  Members  65,  associates 
14.     Secretary,  H.  A.  Oakeshott,  Downside,  Coulsdon,  Surrey. 

Darwen. — Carried  on  press  propaganda,  debates  and  public 
meetings.  Members  12.  Secretary,  F.  B.  Walkden,  5  Pearson 
Street,  Darwen. 

Edinburgh. — Formed  February,  iqog.  Secretary,  Jas.  G.  Glen, 
M.A.,  19  Downie  Terrace,  Murrayfield,  Midlothian. 

Glasgow. — The  local  lecture  list  issued  to  several  hundred 
church  and  literary  societies,  I.L.P.,  and  trade  union  branches. 
About  100  lectures  given  by  local  lecturers.  Two  series  of  meetings 
organized  in   conjunction    with  parent   Society.     Press   Committee 


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contributed  articles  to  local  papers.  Members  85.  associates  six. 
One  town  councillor,  one  parish  councillor,  one  school  board  member 
on  roll.     Secretary,  D.  Berry,  4  Newlands  Park,  Newlands,  Glasgow. 

Harrow  (F.G.)— Formed  July,  iqo8.  Meets  monthly  for  dis- 
cussion. Held  course  of  lectures.  Members  18,  associates  nine. 
Secretary,  Cosmo  Rowe,  71  Mason's  Avenue,  Harrow. 

HuDDERSFiELD.— Formed  December.  iqo8.  Meetings  held  deal- 
ing with  local  government.  Members  14.  Secretary,  H.  Shaw, 
25  Newsome  Road,  Huddersfield. 

Hull.— Secretary,  E.  V.  Teesdale,  188  Park  Avenue,  Hull. 

Ilford. — Formed  April,  iqo8.  Lecture  course  organized. 
Lectures  given  by  members  to  other  bodies.  Press  propaganda 
carried  on.  Members  38.  Secretary,  F.  Bowman,  83  Woodlands 
Road,  Ilford. 

Leeds  and  County.— Secretary,  P.  Hammill  Baldwinson,  15 
Winnie  Terrace,  New  Wortley. 

Leicester. — Formed  June,  1908.  Secretary,  H.  J.  B.  Craven, 
Kelmscott,  Wigston  Fields,  Leicester. 

Letchworth.— Held  course  of  lectures,  a  debate,  and  public 
meetings,  besides  members'  meetings,  garden  party,  soiree,  reading 
circles,  etc.  Working  on  Minority  Report.  Issued  a  manifesto  on 
Socialism.  Members  115,  including  one  member  of  rural  district 
council  and  one  parish  councillor.  Secretary,  W.  J.  Brooks,  West- 
holm,  Letchworth. 

Liverpool. — Activities  too  numerous  to  mention.  Society  pub- 
lishes this  year  a  sixteen  page  report  showing  that  "  numbers, 
finances  andzeal  of  the  society  are  now  stronger  than  at  any  previous 
period  in  its  history."  Members  140,  associates  three.  Secretary, 
A.  Reeves,  316  Derbv  Road,  Bootle. 

Llandudno.— Formed  March,  IQ09.  Secretary,  F.  W.  Knowles, 
Borthyn,  Victoria  Avenue,  Llandudno. 

Manchester.— Members'  meeting  held  weekly.  Members  have 
given  about  100  lectures  to  other  bodies.  Carried  on  press  propa- 
ganda. Committee  on  Poor  Law  Reform  at  work.  Members  107. 
Two  city  councillors,  one  district  councillor  and  one  poor  law 
guardian  on  roll. 

Marlborough.— F'ormed  May,  1908.  Held  open-air  and  indoor 
meetings  usually  once  a  month."  Members  11.  Secretary,  S.  F. 
Goodchild,  Meggen,  Marlborough. 

Palmers  Green  and  District.  — Formed  October,  iqo8.  Held 
course  of  lectures  and  public  meetings.  Local  clergy  circularised. 
Press  propaganda.  Members  28,  includini;  one  di.strict  councillor. 
Secretary,  F.  A.  Browne,  38  Meadowcroft  Road,  Palmers  Green,  N. 

Phkth. — Secretary,  Thomas  T.  Watson,  Karpotna,  Craigend, 
Perth. 


Rkading. — Formed  November,  iqo8.  Holds  meetings  monthly.. 
Members  29,  associates  six.  Secretary,  Miss  Mabel  E.  Lawrence, 
58  Donnington  Road,  Reading. 

Shkkfikld. — Held  meetings  both  in  and  outside  Sheffield.  Press 
propaganda.  Members  89,  associates  two.  One  city  councillor  and 
one  elective  auditor  on  roll.  Secretary,  I.  H.  Bingham,  q  Melbourne 
Road,  Sheffield. 

SouTHPORT. — Held  open-air  meetings  in  Southport  and  sur- 
rounding district.  Lectures  given  by  members  to  other  societies. 
Members  37,  associates  two.  Secretary,  John  H.  Goulding,  jnr., 
38  Chestnut  Street,  Southport. 

S\VANSf:A  (F.G.) — Secretary,  Paul  Cocks,  7  Mirador  Crescent, 
Swansea. 

Walsall. — Formed  November,  1908.  Meetings  held  twice 
monthly.  Press  propaganda.  Course  of  lectures  held.  Members 
23,  associate  one.  vSecretarv,  W.  G.  Hill,  6^  Wednesbury  Road, 
Walsall. 

York. — Formed  May,  1908.  Outdoor  meetings  held.  Course 
of  lectures  and  big  meeting  organized.  Members  30.  Secretary, 
E.  Lionel  Cook,  Clifton  Manor,  York. 

UNIVERSITY    FABIAN     SOCIETIES. 

Cambridge. — Assisted  investigations  into  condition  of  labor  in 
Cambridge  for  Minority  Report.  Held  a  series  of  public  meetings. 
Members  90,  associates  138.  Secretary,  G.  H.  S.  Pinsent,  Trinity 
College. 

Edinburgh.  —  Secretary,  F.  W.  Wallace,  LTniversity  Union, 
Edinburgh. 

Glasgow. — Supported  candidature  of  J.  Keir  Hardie,  M.P.,  for 
Rectorship.  Held  lectures  and  debates.  Held  conference  with 
Edinburgh  U.F.S.  Members  60,  associates  14.  Secretary,  Wm.  L. 
McKinlay,  Ellenbank,  Montrose  Street,  Clydebank. 

London. — Held  lectures  and  joint  meeting  with  Oxford  and  Cam- 
bridge U.  F.  societies.  Members  30.  Secretary,  V.  Serebriakoff, 
East  London  College,  E. 

Manchp:ster. — Formed  January,  1909.  Secretaries,  Miss  Mary 
Benson,  13  Bates  Street,  Longsight  ;  J.  H.  Doughty,  "  Dawlish,'' 
Victoria  Park,  Manchester. 

Oxford. — Held  lectures  and  debate.  Members  84,  associates  67. 
Secretary,  F.  K.  Griffith,  Balliol  College.  Secretary  of  Women's 
Group,  Miss  J.  M.  Upcott,  Somerville  College. 


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LONDON    GROUPS. 

Ckntkal  District. — Secretary,  Miss  Agnes  F.  Dodd,  3  Lincoln's 
Inn  Fields,  W.C. 

Clapham  and  District  (F.S.)- — Secretary,  Miss  M.  Murbv, 
135  Ramsden  Road,  Balham,  S.W. 

DuLWiCH. — Secretary,  St.  John  G.  Ervine,  13  Champion  Park,S.E. 
Forest  Gate. — Secretary,   Mrs.    Whitwell,  36  Upton    Avenue, 
Forest  Gate,  E. 

Hampstead. — Secretary,  T.Barratt,  1 10  Heath  Street,  Hampstead. 

Kensington  and  District. — Secretary,  E.  d'Auvergne.  2  Mar- 
garetta  Terrace.  Chelsea,  S.W. 

Lewisham  and  District. — Secretary,  Laurence  E.  V.  Tiffen,  51 
Sprules  Road,  Brockley. 

Marvlebone  and  Paddington. — Secretary,  Miss  C.  L.  Hayland, 
200  Wymering  Mansions,  Elgin  Avenue,  W. 

St.  Pancras. — Secretary,  C.  Game,  8  Primrose  Hill  Studios,  N.W, 

SiDCUP  AND  District. — Secretary,  Miss  Rose  Gardner,  21  Gran- 
ville Road,  Sidcup. 

Soin'HWARK. — Secretary,  F.  Keeling,  57  Liverpool  Street,  Wal- 
worth. 

SUBJECT    GROUPS. 

Arts. — Acting  Secretary,  T.  Wilson,   30  Red  Lion  Square,  W.C. 

Biology  Group. — Secretary,  Dr.  Lionel  Tayler,  8  Adys  Lawn, 
St.  Paul's  Avenue,  Willesden  Green,  N.W. 

Education  Group. — Secretary,  Mrs.  P.  M.  Crosthwaite,  Uplands, 
Frog  Hole,  Westerham,  Kent. 

Fabian  Nursery. — Secretary,  Miss  Rosamund  Bland,  Well  Hall, 
Eltham,  Kent. 

Local  Go\ernment.— Secretary  (pro  tern.).  G.  R.  Blanco  White, 
331  Upper  Richmond  Road.  S.W. 

Women's  Group.— Secretary.  Mrs.  Charlotte  M.  Wilson,  8a 
Hanover  Court,  W. 


SociAi.CoMMiTTEE. — Mrs.  Bischot-Collin>.  7  Red  Lion  Square, W.C. 


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I. — General  Socialism  in  its  various  aspects. 

Tbacts. — 142.  Rent  and  Value.  139.  Socialism  and  the  Churches.  By 
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Difficulties  of  Individualism.  By  Sidney  Wbbb.  51.  Socialism:  Trie 
and  False.  By  S.  Webb.  45.  The  Impossibilities  of  Anarchism.  By 
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II. — Applications  of  Socialism  to  Particular  Problems. 

Tbacts. — 140.  Child  Labor  under  Capitalism.  By  Mrs.  Hylton  Dale.  136. 
The  Village  and  the  Landlord.  By  Edward  Carpenter.  135.  Paupers  and 
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